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Hot on the heels of the news that Ricky Gervais’s cringey alter ego David Brent is taking up his guitar for two concerts at Bloomsbury Theatre later this month, The Mighty Boosh reformed for two gigs at Soho Theatre this week.

Pop review: Beck and Bruce Springsteen need your help

Springsteen is more than happy to take requests, but Hansen the singing Scientologist has a radical take on audience participation

Something in the hair: Russell Brand

The Week in Radio: High times as babbling Russell Brand rolls with it

“I'm high as a kite,” declared Russell Brand breathlessly. “I've drunk a whole lot of caffeinated beverages to get me in the mood.”

Prime Minister David Cameron sports a new look

Millinery: If you want to get ahead, get a blue hat

The blue bandana-style headwear worn by Prime Minister David Cameron while visiting Amritsar in India might have been a combination of respect for the Golden Temple and a politician’s eye for a photo opportunity. But it seems he inadvertently latched on to a trend for blue hats.

'We lost perspective of reality': Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross speak together for first time about Sachsgate regret

Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross have told of their regret and embarrassment about sparking the Sachsgate scandal which engulfed the BBC as they discussed the incident together on TV for the first time.

Dynamo: Hero or Villain?

He predicts football competitions, he walks on water, he leaps over entire audiences, and he levitates … other people. But perhaps most impressively, his series has become Thursday's most-watched multichannel show for two weeks running, despite airing on a channel, Watch, that most of the nation has barely heard of – now that's magic!

Sara Pascoe vs the Apocalypse, Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

The ethereal surrealism and faux-naivete of the comedian and actress Sara Pascoe conjures up comparisons to Noel Fielding, Josie Long and Russell Brand; in other words she's an acquired taste. Her self-deprecating style more than takes this into account and she goes so far as to issue a series of coy disclaimers about her shtick: "This show has something for everyone but no one will enjoy it entirely."

SW19 Diary: Will Coco be an American idol or a basket case?

If it really is nature and not nurture then look out for the American teenager Coco Vandeweghe, who makes her Wimbledon bow today against the Greek Eleni Daniilidou. Sport is in her blood: her grandfather played in the NBA, her great uncle played in the NBA, her uncle played in the NBA and has coached in the NBA, her mother swam in the 1976 Olympics and her brother is an international beach volleyball player. Her grandmother, by the way, was a former Miss America, which may or may not add to the equation. US tennis is in the doldrums and Vandeweghe, who at 19 was briefly inside the top 100 earlier this year, is seen by some as a player who could one day bring the good(ish) times back, although with her family background you have to fear she's got involved with the wrong sort of nets.

Video thrills the cameo stars

From Kate Bush to the Beastie Boys and beyond, musicians are once again turning to actors and celebrities to spice up their promos

How We Met: Dan Clark & Noel Fielding

'I used to say, "Dan, you're so funny at a party, you've got to try to get that into your comedy"'

Mighty Boosh set to mark Frank Zappa's birthday at London's Roundhouse

As the Royal Mint announces a £5 coin to commemorate John Lennon, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the former Beatle was the only rock legend born in 1940 and taken from us too early. Yet Frank Zappa, who died of prostate cancer in 1993, would have been 70 next month too. Buried in an unmarked grave, he was clearly against the cult of celebrity. Now, though, London's Roundhouse is to mark the anniversary.

John Bishop, Underbelly<br/>Kevin Eldon, The Stand<br/>Paul Foot, Underbelly<br/>Loretta Maine, The Caves

It could be a lot worse, John &ndash; you could have a dipsomaniac angst rocker on your case

You've got to be having a laugh: Jimmy Connolly's guide to the Edinburgh Fringe

He's played more stand-up gigs than you've had Irn Bru pies, and wouldn't play the Pleasance even if they wanted him to.

Invasion of the zombies: Horror fans turn to the living dead

Cinemas across the UK are about to be invaded by legions of shambling, catatonic, bug-eyed creatures. Fortunately, most will be on-screen. The zombie film, long thought dead and rotting in television's graveyard slots, has been reanimated.

Funny business: Henry Normal explains why his new project is no joke

Forget sitcoms and skits. It's product placement and new technology that will save British comedy, he tells Ian Burrell

Channel 4's Comedy Gala, The 02, London

There was a curious mix of something old, something new, something borrowed (such as BBC stars Catherine Tate, Rob Brydon, James Corden and Ruth Jones) and plenty of blue for this mammoth charity gig housed by a venue that was once itself a standing joke when it was the Millennium Dome.

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